Agricola 108 for 6 (Taylor 4-0-26-2, Carr 4-0-18-1) beat Dodgers 88 all out (Taylor 25, Gigg 16)
MoM votes: Taylor 8, Carr 2.
Match Report by Matt Taylor
Some despondency hung over the Dodgers following recent defeats, but they competed strongly until the final third of this tie.
Losing the toss and taking to the field, Dodgers had only nine, but were soon boosted by a wandering Gigg.
Shimoga and Zaheer opened effectively despite bombastic batting from Agricola's opener/wicketkeeper/captain - restricting the oppo to five an over and taking a wicket apiece. NJ bowled the same as he heaved and Zaheer had his replacement, a dangerous saffer, caught by Taylor in the deep.
Carr and Taylor stepped in to the bowling breach. The latter had batsmen caught at point by Fox from his first ball, lbw to his third and dropped by a diving Westhead off his fourth. Neil Benn and his Poisson Distribution breathed a sigh of relief.
Economical and backed up by good fielding, Fox and Carr stood out off the last ten as Dodgers restricted the oppo to 108. Five-and-a-bit an over. Straightforward, surely?
Sadly, it wasn't, as a steady stream of Dodgers couldn't adapt to the pitch and accurate bowling. Hatteea was caught at long on just as he was imposing himself, Dollin snicked to the chuntering keeper and Gigg chopped on after some choice strokes. Taylor was more adhesive but watched Westhead caught at mid-off and Zaheer, Shimoga and Fox bowled by Yorkers.
Even as Carr strode to the crease with 34 required off 4 overs, the Dodgers were in the game. But acceleration was beyond them. Carr nurdled but was caught, The Cat was beaten outside off stump, Taylor was dropped three times.
Dreams of 22 off the last over were quickly extinguished and your reporter was finally caught off the last ball, heaving to long off. A galling defeat - but a strong performance in the field gave the Dodgers hope for the season's last two fixtures, where the batting will surely come good.
The beer still tasted good, although senior members were seen drinking lager in a shocking break with orthodoxy.
Gaddafi was nowhere to be seen.
Scorecard Agricola innings Peters b Shimoga 23 Hussain retired not out 25 Lamprecht c Taylor b Zaheer 5 Robson c Fox b Taylor 2 Eva lbw b Taylor 0 Roberts b Carr 1 Hicks b Fox 2 Cottee retd 24 Norledge not out 11 Johnson not out 12 _____________________________________ Sub-total 105 Extras 5 Total (6 wkts, 20 overs) 110 Dodgers bowling Shimoga 4-0-21-1 Zaheer 4-0-23-1 Carr 4-0-15-1 Taylor 4-0-24-2 Fox 4-0-19-1 Dodgers innings Hatteea c Johnson b Dugdale 9 Dollin c Peters b Dugdale 7 Gigg b Johnson 16 Westhead c Johnson b Lamprecht 2 Taylor c & b Hussain 25 Shimoga b Eva 13 Zaheer b Eva 0 Fox b Hussain 5 Carr c & b Eva 2 Matthews not out 0 _______________________________________ Sub-total 79 Extras 9 Total (9 wkts, 20 overs) 88 FoW: 14, 20, 34, 39, 53, 63, 74, 77 Agricola bowling Dugdale 4-0-20-2 Johnson 4-0-17-1 Norledge 2-0-6-0 Lamprecht 2-0-9-1 Eva 4-0-17-3 Roberts 1-0-9-0 Hussain 3-0-8-1